Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm In Love...With Aperol

Yes, it's true. I love this liqueur!! Aperol, an apéritif that has slowly been building momentum in the United States for the past couple of years, is an Italian favorite invented in 1919 in Padua. Aperol is flavored with a heavenly blend of bitter orange peel, gentian root, rhubarb, and other roots and herbs. The Rhubarb and orange work together in perfect harmony, and pouring it over ice and serving it with a slice of orange and splash of seltzer is a beautiful thing. But in cocktails? Wow! It breathes new life into old favorites (try using Aperol in a Negroni as a sub for the Campari), and in new creations? Well, the sky is limit folks. Try it in a fresh-lime Gimlet drink such as this one we came up with today:

  • 1.5 oz. Hangar 1 Buddha's Hand Citrus Vodka

  • 3/4 oz. Aperol

  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1/4 oz. to 1/2 oz. Sugar Syrup

  • 2 Dashes Regans Orange Bitters

  • Shake and strain. Serve either "up" or "over"

  • Flamed Orange Peel Garnish